Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Love Dare Day 39

Okay, so here I am almost to the very end. Did you think I wasn't going to finish? I was going to finish while we were in Atlanta, but I forgot to take my book with me. Oh well! So, on to the final TWO days!!

Endurance. Finishing. All the way to the end. Sometimes, if I am really honest, I have a hard time with this. I start well, but don't always finish well. Especially if the road is bumpy or the journey is long. I can give up too easily if it hurts too much. This is also a sad reality in many marriages today. The road gets too bumpy and hurts too much. We get in too many collisions. And one or both give up.

But the Word tells us that love never fails. It doesn't say sometimes or many times or often. It says NEVER.

We can love imperfect people with a perfect love because of Christ. If we build our relationships on the Word, no matter how often our circumstances change, those truths will still be standing. It's not too late to start building your marriage on the Word of God now if you haven't already.

Jesus' disciples still forsook him. They still failed Him and they still walked away. And your spouse may still walk away from you after you have done everything in your power to obey God. If your marriage fails, if your spouse walks away from you, don't let it be because you gave up. Don't let it be because YOU stopped loving them. Love Never Fails.

The dare for today is to SPEND TIME IN PERSONAL PRAYER, THEN WRITE A LETTER OF COMMITMENT AND RESOLVE TO YOUR SPOUSE. INCLUDE WHY YOU ARE COMMITTING TO THIS MARRIAGE UNTIL DEATH, AND THAT YOU HAVE PURPOSED TO LOVE THEM NO MATTER WHAT. LEAVE IT IN A PLACE THAT YOUR MATE WILL FIND IT.

So, I wrote this letter. It didn't take long at all. Because can I just tell you that after almost 10 years of marriage, I really never thought that it would be like this. Even though I screw up all the time. And even though there are times that we treat each other poorly. And even though there are days, there are days that we don't like each other very much. I still love him more than I ever thought possible. Really I do.

6 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Look at you..you just keep plugging on! I love the letter idea!!!
-sandy toes

Janine said...

Ashley, this made me cry...This is so sweet. I just want to come down there and hug both of you and celebrate "love" isn't that cheesy! It really is special. Thanks for sharing. I am proud of you for finishing. I know your marriage has seen the benefits. love ya

Elaine said...

That is such a great love dare. I totally agree with all that you expressed, I can really relate. So glad you are finishing well with this...

Aimee said...

my favorite so far!

He And Me + 3 said...

Congrats on making it to day 39... This was just awesome! I will have to agree with Aimee

Mrs. Nurse said...

I just now noticed to top of your page. Super cute picture!